78 Minutes / English / Polish
SCANDAL IN IVANSK explores how one word in the small Polish town of Ivansk ignites a nationwide controversy. Most of Ivansk’s Jews were murdered by the Nazis, and the headstones in the Jewish cemetery were desecrated. A group of descendants of Ivansk Jews restore the town’s cemetery, retrieving as many headstones as they can. When they commission a plaque that includes the word collaborator, a national scandal is unleashed. This eye-opening documentary strives to understand why much of the country won’t accept collaborator to describe Polish people who aided the Nazis and benefited from the genocide of Jews.